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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 636318 views.

I have been focusing on quilting since I got back from the retreat. For two reasons. I have a place to quilt at the shop so spend most of my days up there doing that. Also it is just too cold to work in the RV where I have most of the little sewing machines (I have 3 of them in there). We drove to New Mexico Wed night so I brought some sewing projects with me. So far I have pieced all the brown and green wonkey circle blocks I started at the retreat. There are 34 blocks and that was a lot of sewing and cutting. They are now ready for me to take them back to CO where I will trim them to size and make a setting and sew them into a top.

I also traced off a new shirt pattern up there and brought that and two thrifted shirts that are 2XL with me. I picked the first shirt apart on Thurs and cut out the new patten. There was just enough fabric and had I not picked the shirt apart it would not have worked. When doing an upcycle you really need 2 to 3 sizes bigger than your size to ensure you have enough fabric. I will sew this shirt up and if I like the fit I will cut up the screaming lime green linen shirt and make the second shirt of that.

I also have the last kit from the retreat which was for a green and brown carpenter wheel so I hope to get all the triangles sewn up for that one as well. 

It is nice to get some sewing projects done and I will be ready to get back to the quilting when I get back up there. I need to finish Dee's which I have done a lot on already and then the one for Yetta. After that I am loading up another one of my UFO's I made quite some years back as I have an plan for it.............remember the 3" nine patch block swaps that we did a million swaps for. I pieced an amazing top but never quilted it.


From: bornblesse2


I am working up small quilts and a kits using up some flannel from the guild I belong to.   Today I got backing ready and batting spliced together.  Yippee!

but, the scraps are not yet gone.

bornblesse2 said:

but, the scraps are not yet gone.

No matter how much I try to use the scraps they keep as in I have more and more!!!!

I am going to try to cut some scraps when things warm up a bit, I have several bins and will just work on one at a time.

Thank you :) I look when she posts it, and seem to always forget to save it.


From: Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)


I spent the day organizing my documentation.  My novelty blog, my novelty excel file and my physical scrapbook binder are all up to date and in sync now.  I didn't realize how far behind I had gotten, I had not printed any photos in over 3 years.  I also compared all 3 sources and identified the remaining quilts that I had not put in the blog yet.  Yesterday was a busy day.  I still need to go through and print off photos and make a few notes on my non-novelty projects.  I had not done anything on that other than phone photos and the excel list since 2017.  Yikes.  I've blogged on a few of them on the novelty blog but I'm not comfortable having the only documentation be virtual.  Based on the excel list there are about a dozen but I want to go through my phone photos and make sure I've not missed something in the last 3 years.

I've also started thinking about my purple/gold reverse applique table topper and how to finish it.  I think I'm going to try Ami's idea of the looped binding.  But first I need to quilt it.  The last reverse applique was machine quilted but I wasn't all that pleased with how it turned out and this one is even more closely appliqued.  So I've decided to hand quilt it.  I kind of enjoyed the little bit of quilting I fixed on my black & white quilt this weekend, still have 3 more sections to do.  But once that is done, I'm going to sandwich the topper and put it in my lap frame.


From: NanaSuz


Lynne, It's been so long since I've been on the forum that I have forgotten some things. Is there a thread for talking about new things we have seen or learned? I don't want to reinvent the wheel. I saw a wonderful guest on The Quilt Show yesterday and hoped to share her with the ladies in this forum.

Thanks so much, NanaSuz


From: judyinohio


NanaSuz, any time you want to start a new topic on the forum you go to the top of the page and click on the small navy blue box that says "+New Topic" in white letters and that will open up a new box for you to start a new topic.

(At least that's how it looks on my desk top iMac computer.)


From: latterberry


I really don't know!  Just start a new topic and don't bother what thread to put it in.  It may be wrong, but that's what I do.  I would love to see what you have to share.